mandamus

[ man-dey-muh s ]
/ mænˈdeɪ məs /
Law.

noun, plural man·da·mus·es.

a writ from a superior court to an inferior court or to an officer, corporation, etc., commanding that a specified thing be done.

verb (used with object)

to intimidate or serve with such writ.

Origin of mandamus

From the Latin word mandāmus we command
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mandamus

/ (mænˈdeɪməs) /

noun plural -muses

law formerly a writ from, now an order of, a superior court commanding an inferior tribunal, public official, corporation, etc, to carry out a public duty

Word Origin for mandamus

C16: Latin, literally: we command, from mandāre to command
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